For some reason I have just been thinking about the Similarities between the three Paravian Races of Athera (from Janny Wurts "Wars of Light and Shadow") and the High Elves of Middle Earth (obviously from the collected works of great J. R. R. Tolkien). Here are a handful of the major points that I find very similar: 1. Three races of Paravians (Riathan - Unicorns, Ilitharis - Centaurs, and Athlien - sunchildren) and three kindreds of Eldar (Vanyar, Noldor and Teleri). 2. Higher powers intervene to ensure the survival of these elder races. The Valar intervene to stop Melkor/Morgoth destroying the elves, and the Great Drakes summon the Fellowship of Seven to save the Paravians from the Seardluin. This leads on to my third point of similarity: 3. Higher powers send powerful magic users to save these elder races from a great evil. The Valar send the five Istari (Wizards - Saruman, Gandalf, Radagast and their two lost brothers) to save Middle Earth from the dominion of Sauron, the Enemy (former servant of Melkor). The Great Drakes send the Fellowship of Seven Sorcerors to save Athera from devestation by the drake spawn - Seardluin, Methuri, etc. 4. These powerful magic users are met by an imported member of the Elder races on arrival. The Istari are met upon their arrival at the Grey Havens by Cirdan Shipwright (bearer of one of the three rings of power). Cianor Sunlord (the greatest of the Paravian High Kings) was on hand to great the arrival of the Fellowship Sorcerors at Crater Lake (when it was formed). 5. These elder races were great builders, armourers and gem cutters. The Noldor elves were the greatest Builders in the history of Middle Earth, having built the hidden city of Gondolin, and the halls of Nargothrond. The Paravians are unmatched on Athera as builders, having built the towers of Ithamon, and the Citadel at Alestron. The Paravian smith Ffereton s'Darian forged the twelve blades of Isaer, of which Alithiel (also known as Dael Farenn - Kingmaker) is most famous. Alithiel wakens to danger with a blinding light. The Noldor that returned to Middle Earth made many weapons of power, such as Aeglos the spear of Gil-galad, against which none could stand. Also the smiths of Gondolin made Glamdring (the sword of Gandalf the Grey/White) and Sting (the blade of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins) both of which glowed with a pale blue light in the presence of Orcs. Gemcraft was also a gift of the elder races Feanor created the Silmarils, which held the light of the two tears, and the theft of which (by Melkor) lead to the return/exile of the Noldor, and the War of the Jewels (which took place in the First Age of Arda). Also the Elves of Eregion (Hollin) were famous for their Gemcraft long after the land was destroyed by Sauron, especially for the crafting of the Rings of Power (the Three, the Seven, and the Nine). The jewellers of Mearth were famous for their skill long after their city was destroyed by the Curse of Mearth. 6. Light itself was stolen from these elder races, causing huge migrations. Morgoth destroyed the two trees, casting Valinor into darkness. This sparked the events that led to the majority of the Noldor returning to Middle Earth and being exiled there. The light of the Sun was hidden away by the mists of Desh-Thiere (the Mistwraith). Due to the Mistwraiths invasion the Paravian races left Athera (to places unknown). And there are more similarities between the Paravians and the Elves, but I need to go soon, so I will end it there. Has anyone noticed any more similarities between Janny Wurts and Tolkien? And which author do people like better?